HC Deb 04 May 1896 vol 40 cc446-7
MR. JOSEPH A. PEASE (Northumberland, Tyneside)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether advantage will be taken by the British Government, or the Government of India, of the favourable disposition of the Amir in discountenancing, as far as he can do so, the traffic in Kafir slaves, by urging upon him, as the ally of an anti - slavery nation, to restore the recently-deported Kafirs to their homes, and to devise means for eventually terminating the institution of slavery itself throughout his dominions?


The hon. Member is aware that the Viceroy intends to avail himself of any favourable opportunity to exercise his influence on behalf of the Kafirs; but it is improbable that the object contemplated by the hon. Member would be promoted by any interference of the Government of India in the internal administration of Kafiristan in the direction indicated in the Question.